My unwavering gadget envy….

So, those that know me know that I recently bought a new phone for fear that TWO non-techie WOMEN in my life had better phones than me.

So, i went out and bought the daddy of techie cell phones: the Treo 650. Now I am the baddest techie on the block.

or so i thought……until I had a sobering experience this weekend, on father’s day.

So, I get to the place where I am meeting my dad for lunch, and he turns to say hi. And there it is, placed in his ear: a brand new BlueTooth handfree headset. Yeah…. it goes with his sleek, new smart phone from Cingular…..

Yes, you read that right, my 55 year old non-tech father has a bluetooth headset AND a smart phone.

A sad day for me….

A PRIME example of why PTI is a great sports show.

Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy for ESPN.com’s page 2 site, has a great faux conversation in the spirit of Tony & Mike.

In response to this readers email about the greatness of Roger Clemens:

I fully expect that after Clemens wins his 333rd game, in his press conference, he will take off his cap and will pull back his hair – revealing an identical 333 burned into his scalp; thus fulfilling the prophecy. This will immediately be followed by all the reporters in the room melting away, with their bones exploding like in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The Sports Guys goes off into a faux conversation of Tony & Wilbon discussing the incident the next day on PTI:

Kornheiser: “All right, Wilbon, some sad news last night, we found out that Roger Clemens was indeed the anti-Christ, as nearly 50 reporters – including some of the best this business had to offer – were melted to death after the prophecy was fulfilled. Wilbon, you were there, but you were able to get out of the room in time … how does this affect Roger Clemens’ legacy?

Wilbon: “Oh, it absolutely affects his legacy! There’s no question! Tony, he killed 50 media members! He melted them to death!”

Kornheiser: “But he’s still the greatest pitcher of the last 50 years!”

Wilbon: “Tony, he’s the anti-Christ!”

Kornheiser: “I don’t see how that affects his Hall of Fame resume – 333 wins, over 4,500 strikeouts, 7 Cy Youngs … “

Wilbon: “Tony, he’s a mass murderer! Pete Rose isn’t in the Hall of Fame for gambling on baseball, this guy melted 50 people! He almost killed me!”

Kornheiser: “Well, that shouldn’t affect what he accomplished on the field. Ty Cobb wasn’t a nice guy either. [We hear a bell in the background.] Moving to the NBA Finals … ”

This is a unreal, DEAD ON representation of how they talk on the show and their dynamic.

It’s a great show and the Sports Guy is a great contributor to Page 2. Check them out here and here.

The Sports Guy has a email column entitled “More Cowbell” for gods sake.

Nothing I like more than parsing 100's of MB's of source code that I don't have to.

Luke Hutteman loves java because it includes full source code to the jvm and its libraries. He wishes the same for .NET.

Quick, can I see a show of hands of developers that have even said to themselves “Gee, if only I could look at class XXX. That would help solve this problem.”

Thought so. Look, it’s cool and everything, and its great to say java is MORE open source than .NET ( it’s really not, though ). But i think this is a prime example of the 80/20 rule.

Of course, since .NET has such a great IDE, with wonderfull debugging symbols, we can basically do what Luke is talking about, all from the comfort of Vs.NET.